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Report: WVU center Pat Forsythe transferring to Akron to be closer to home

Jul 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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Another West Virginia player has decided that it would be best for them to continue their career elsewhere.

6-11 center Pat Forsythe, who played in just seven games before suffering a stress fracture in his right ankle, has decided to leave the program in hopes of landing somewhere closer to his hometown of Brunswick, Ohio.

Forsythe was originally thought to be the primary backup to Deniz Kilicli, but the injury robbed him of his freshman campaign and Bob Huggins of some needed front-court depth.

According to reports Forsythe is headed to Akron, where he will have four seasons of eligibility given the fact that he was granted a medical hardship waiver.

The interesting thing about the Akron news is that it was Akron head coach Keith Dambrot who delivered the news to WVU head coach Bob Huggins and not Forsythe himself.

Forsythe averaged 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers in seven games last season, scoring four points in consecutive games and grabbing seven rebounds in a win over Alcorn State.

Tommie McCune left the program for Oakland, and given the incident these two were involved in back in late March one has to wonder if the disciplinary issue played a role in their decisions to leave.

If Forsythe is in fact headed to Akron that would be a nice addition for the Zips in regards to their front-court situation.

Zeke Marshall, the school’s all-time leading shot blocker, is entering his senior campaign and to be able to slide in another player with size would benefit coach Dambrot and his staff.

Luckily for West Virginia La Salle transfer Aaric Murray is now eligible, because they would be extremely thin inside if that weren’t the case.

Highly-touted prospect Elijah Macon, originally a 2012 commit, will spend this year in prep school and join the program for the 2013-14 campaign.

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Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.